Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pay Attention!

 “When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”  -Maya Angelou

I am super excited to be nearing the completion of my second book, Messages from Children...and What They Can Teach Grown-ups.  As I've been re-reading and editing this compilation of 88 stories and messages from children and what they teach grown-ups, I'm noticing how often the phrase "Pay Attention" shows up.   I could go on writing forever, but I stopped at 88 because the number eight is also used as the infinity symbol. When we pay attention, there is truly no end to the messages.

Yes, children are definitely here to teach us as much as we are to help guide them in taking their place in this world, no matter their relationship to us, no matter the length of their lives. We learn through their words, their actions, their experiences and our interactions and exchanges with them. We tell them to stop, be still, listen, pay attention, practice. We deliver these commands over and over again. Maybe the reason we say them so often is because they are meant not only for them, but also for us to hear.

Stop, Be Still, Listen, Pay Attention, Practice. When we pay attention to what we say to children, we recognize the messages that are also intended for the rest of us--to help us in living our own lives.

In their voices, we hear our own words, our tone, our attitudes, our beliefs and also what we most fear. They reflect back our personality traits, both positive and negative. How we talk to ourselves in the mirror is how they come to see themselves. They mimic our behaviors when we would benefit from mimicking theirs; Play, Laugh Out Loud, Create a Cozy Corner, Lighten Up, Smile at Strangers, Be Happy Now. These are some of the messages contained in this book.

I'll be sure to keep you updated in this process.

Love and blessings to you,

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